I pay the bills here.
So I will start this post with a product placement.
Ya know how I release an eBook every other week? I released today’s eBook a while back but I wanted to re-release or re-promote for all of my new readers – which is a high volume of folks (like an extra 5) – who have hopped on board over the past few years.
I also want to help you become an influential blogger so you can enjoy all the sweet perks of being an influencer, including being fed the finest fruits by a team of eager servants, and boosting your blog traffic and profits too.
So without further adieu, enjoy my eBook:
You will now return to your regularly scheduled programming.
The Mango Lady.
We were told to see her – and to buy from her – to get the best mango with sticky rice in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Kelli and I wandered to her stall. Dropped 45 Baht for mango with sticky rice. I feasted on the brilliant fare, delighting at that ridiculously tasty mix of sweet, tart and mellow.
Why did we visit the Mango Lady? Multiple expat buddies at the condo complex referred us to her.
Why did they refer us to her? She was the top mango vendor in the area.
You may laugh, but anybody who is skilled enough and generous enough and helpful enough to influence a large number of folks, so that this influenced network refers the skilled person to friends, is an influencer.
Bloggers fall into the category of “anybody”. Meaning, if you are skilled enough and helpful enough to inspire a mass of spirits in meat suits, you can become an influencer too.
For whatever reason (totally not related to bribing) more bloggers and marketers are calling me influential. Their take, their perception, their viewpoint, but in the same regard, being labeled an influencer has helped me to help more folks. Which is sweet. Being seen as an influencer also helped me drive traffic, profits and yes, to live the life of my dreams.
Last night, as I was being interviewed for the Warrior Forum podcast – with an audience of 1.3 million people waiting to hear the episode – I realized that I nabbed the interview because the folks at Warrior see me as a blogging influencer.
The road has been simple, but super bumpy at times. Doing a few simple thing repetitively can be highly uncomfortable in moments, but if you know that things will get tough here and there, and stick to simple ( aka powerful) you won’t get weeded out of the blogging herd when stuff gets thick.
So….are you ready to help a ton more folks, to make friends with awesome bloggers, and to steadily increase your blogging traffic and profits, so you can live your dreams through blogging?
Let’s dive in…..
Be a student of blogging.
Before the bribe money hit and I was labeled an “influencer” (this is called a joke) I had to practice my blogging skills (see step #2) and before I practiced my blogging skills I needed to learn the fundamentals of blogging (wink wink wink wink wink wink wink wink wink).
Learn. Practice. Help. Influence.
When I was a little bit more of a ding bat – code for “struggling like hell” – I skipped this step. Who’d a thunk it, right? A guy desperate to make money through blogging had little interest in learning how to blog which made it difficult to practice blogging which made it difficult to help, which meant, no influencing.
Dripping sarcasm aside, you need to learn blogging, to get clear enough to practice blogging, and the practice gives you clarity enough to help folks generously without looking for anything in return, which is the good old table setter for the influencer label.
- toss salt over your right shoulder 3 times daily (be careful not to trip over the pile; I know you have been practicing)
- pick 1-3 blogging mentors; read their blogs, buy their stuff, hire them to coach you, study their content, memorize their content
- be a perpetual student; I learn a new thing about blogging every 5 years
- have fun learning; if you ain’t enjoying the ride, you will be on a perpetual schneid
Practice the skill known as “blogging”.
This skill includes:
- practicing your writing (1000 words daily just in a Word document)
- practicing your creating (blog posts, videos, guest posts)
- practicing your connecting (effective blog comments, promoting other bloggers)
Practicing and Helping (step #3) go hand in hand, in many ways. But most humans need to do some practicing before getting clear enough to help super duper duper duper generously across multiple channels online.
Practicing my writing – sometimes penning over 10,000 words daily between eBooks, posts, guest posts and blog comments – gave me clarity and confidence in my writing. Which fed into me being kinda prolific with my 1,000 plus guest posts and 126 eBooks. Which helped me kinda be as present as a demi-god with a really effective PR camp in his corner. Which helped inspire folks to see me as an influential blogger.
Guys, practicing your blogging skills gets hyper uncomfortable at times. Even if you feel passionate about your craft, and enjoy exploring it, you will run into resistance here and there. Meaning, you won’t feel like practicing.
Those bloggers who readily consume these feces sandwiches (obstacles, mental blocks, fears, and all dukey) from time to time, and keep practicing, for years, lay the foundation for being incredibly generous with their time and talents….which leads us to:
Help other bloggers generously – without looking for anything in return – across a wide range of platforms.
You have learned, Young Padowan. Now it’s time to serve until everybody is watching
Help bloggers through:
- your blog
- guest posts
- promoting other bloggers
- the Warrior Forum
- Facebook Groups
- Google Plus Communities
- blog comments
How it works; you help a gazillion people (give or take a million folks) across a wide range of platforms, both 1-to-1 and en masse (through leveraging techniques like guest posting and being interviewed) then a gazillion people say:
“Hey this cat knows his blogging shizznet!”
Then when a bunch of folks say you are helpful and generous, the “influential blogger” tag starts getting bandied about.
Sure you’ll open blogging income streams. Just keep helping people for free too, generously, without looking for anything in return, in many areas. Over time, you will be seen as an influencer, with all the sugary sweet benefits that come with the label.
How did you become an influential blogger?
What tips can you add to this list?
Other Exciting Announcements
Keep an eye out for my Warrior Forum Podcast Interview.
I’ll be spreading the blogging word for 1.3 million Warrior Forum users.
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